- Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:47
WKU basketball has a long and successful tradition at WKU including a Final 4 appearance and trips to the “Sweet 16,” the most recent in 2008. Interest in the program has given rise to much speculation over the years as to the factors influencing game attendance. Using game-to-game attendance from 2002-03 to the present, Center Director Dr. Brian Goff and Graduate Assistant Robert Cobb explore a variety of influences including particular opponents, days of the week, and whether UK is playing.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:31
In November, civic, political, and academic leaders in Kentucky met in Elizabethtown to discuss economic development issues in the “Circle of Success” – an area Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Owensboro as the economic centers. Center faculty and students developed a presentation for this conference, labeling it the “Golden Triangle West” in reference to the “Golden Triangle” of Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky (metro Cincinnati). Dr. Catherine Carey made the presentation. The slides and related comments are made available.
- Published on Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:51
Over the past few months the Federal Reserve has dramatically changed how it conducts U.S. monetary policy. Some observers believe these developments indicate the Fed is moving toward targeting nominal GDP. This article explains what nominal GDP targeting is and what it may mean for the commonwealth of Kentucky. The article can be found here.
- Published on Monday, 05 November 2012 13:31
As the unemployment rate declines both nationally and locally, it is a good time to look back and see how employment in the Bowling Green area fared throughout the "Great Recession". In response to a question posed by Daily News reporter, Katie Brandenburg, WKU Economics Department Chair Catherine Carey looks at employment trends and wage data in the Bowling Green area using BLS data.
- Published on Friday, 19 October 2012 11:51
WKU houses the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics – a unique and nationally recognized learning center for gifted high school students. Applied Economics Graduate Assistant Heather Nett connects this kind of educational platform with economic research on stimulants of long run economic growth.
- Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 13:33
In the 1992 presidential election, political consultant James Carville famously quipped, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Long before that statement, Yale economist Ray Fair began using statistical methods with heavy emphasis on a few economic indicators to predict presidential elections. CAE Director Brian Goff discusses Fair predictions for the 2012 elections along with some modifications of the Fair approach. Will Obama win? Yes, no, maybe …
- Published on Thursday, 28 June 2012 12:32
Gasoline prices stir plenty of discussion around Bowling Green and most other cities. Two prior examinations of gas markets published by the CAE generated a noticeable buzz, so we decided to continue with this theme. This time, rather than looking at regional or national markets, we focus on the local gasoline market. Four Graduate Assistants associated with the Center, Jason Buedel, Rob Cobb, Anna Maximova, and Heather Nett collected data on gas prices for 49 local retail outlets every Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks in May and June.